Mason's Children, Casey Jones, Black Peter, Mama Tried, Hard To Handle, Cumberland Blues, Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopment-> Cosmic Charlie
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadDate January 2, 1970Venue Fillmore East (Late Show)Location New York City, NYSource SoundboardTaped by Transferred by
January 2, 2015
Yeah, I can't say it's all that. Not at all a bad show, just kinda rough.
September 11, 2012
The Constanten sound and an incredible Cosmo
The early show, from a date that also had a late show.
The late show has a legendary Dark Star but otherwise the early show has the more classic 1970 material - one of the best. This Mason's Children appears on Fallout from the Phil Zone but I'm not convinced it's a real notable version, unlike the perfectly straightforward reading of Casey Jones that follows. The set also had a smashing Mama Tried (with the Constanten sound and some extra Jer punch) and the Hard to Handle is a classic Pigpen/Constanten version from that very short era of the band. Cumberland starts hot but they lose the thread.
But this show is all about one of the greatest versions of Cosmic Charlie ever. There are only a few that match this one.
4 stars (3 1/2 plus 1/2 for the Cosmic Charlie)
Hard to Handle
The hanno12624 is a better source for the early show (I see it's labeled "late" but I think it's agreed that the famous Dark Star was played during the late show). The cotsman source is better for the late show.
June 4, 2007
Why not share?
These are great shows and fans should be allowed to hear them. Why not share Dr Flashback, since you have all of them?
September 18, 2005
Thankfully, I have all 3 discs for this show. You intrepid fans who want the whole show, as well as 1/3/70 (don't get me started) can look around in the trading community online and find them. They've both been widely circulated for years. Good luck!
It's hard to be as objective and thorough when rating 1970 shows for the following reasons -
1. So many don't circualte or exist.
2. Many well played shows suffer from many cuts, and poor SBD quality.
3. Many have large portions missing (like 9/19/70).
But having said that, this show, even with its flaws still makes my top ten for the year. They kick it off with a hot Mason's, and the intensity never lets up.
I'm convinced that this IS the early show, although my copy of Deadbase has them reversed.
Black Peter is long and soulful, the HTH is fast and funky, and the Cumberland rolls along like a wheel on fire!
Although the Other One is good, the Dark Star is better. At close to 30 minutes, they leave no turn unstoned, as it were. I'm listening to it right now ......
They start it off slow and mellow, with lots of percussion from Mickey and Pig's organ present in the mix. Finally after 8 minutes they sing the verse, then things get weird quickly - as the wind chimes welcome you to the Twilight Zone. A long free form section ensues, with sounds you're not sure where or who they're coming from! Are the walls melting yet? Listen to what Pig does with the organ.
This version can't compare to 2/13 or 9/19 - it's quieter and more experimental. But still very enjoyable. The last 10 mintues of jamming are where Jerry really cuts loose into a prototype MLB jam.
Someone else posted how these shows, only 2 days after the Boston 1969 New Year's shows, already sound like a different band. And it's true. The only thing wrong with this show is - no acoustic set! That would have to wait until February.
A few nasty cuts, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this classic show!
Be there then,
Dr. Flashback :-)
August 1, 2004
Great show, but it's actually the Early one...
As legions of other intrepid scholars have doubtless noted previously, this is in actuality the Early show, according to deadlists.com. Mason's, Casey and Black Peter are about as tasty as you could ever want, and I love that segue from Cryptical into Cosmic Charlie! Grab both the Early and Late shows (late has one of the last Dark Stars with TC, who contributes mightily to a section that sounds like Seastones!) This show gets overlooked because of its chronological proximity to 2/13, and it's too bad.
P.S. Happy Birthday Jerry. God we miss you.